About our organization

The World Agroforestry (also known as ICRAF) in Southeast Asia is the region’s leading agroforestry research-in-development organization which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 34 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

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About the position

The sustainability standards, mostly voluntary, are often promoted as a way for individual consumers to make more ethical purchasing decisions. They also aim to mitigate negative impacts of commodity production on land and biodiversity, and improve the wellbeing of farmers, farmer households, and farm workers in the developing world. However, at the smallholders' side, there are multiple barriers to complying with stringent sustainability standards include the production transition period from ‘business as usual’, the financial and time costs of certification / standards compliance, and the large amount of paperwork. In some developing countries, high production costs and harvest risks during transition periods and a lack of local certification/standards bodies increases costs. Furthermore, requirements for traceability favour large commercial farms because smaller-scale farmers usually have weak collective cohesion in governing their (sustainable) businesses, thus, they lose the opportunity for achieving economies of scale. The proposed project will help hasten the change in Asia, providing the tools and frameworks to build the confidence of farmers and investors in a better future for agriculture. To effect a rapid transformation, strong relationships in national agricultural sectors and global supply chains are critical. The objective of the assignment is to strengthen the enabling environment for leveraging environmental and social management systems and/or standards for sustainable, inclusive and broad-scale transformations of smallholder-based commodity value-chains.

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Cocoa Sustainability Standards Developments Consultant


·         Master’s degree in development economics, agricultural economics, forestry, or similar field. 

·         Minimum 5 years’ experience in sustainable commodity standard development and implementation on cocoa.

·         Experience in working with NGOs and government institutions.

Personal Competencies

·         Good networking skills and knowledge on local and national NGO’s in Indonesia.

·         Good knowledge of negotiations.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in multicultural teams.

·         Good understanding of time management.

·         Strong character, multitasking person and able to work under pressure.

·         Well organized; able to meet deadline.

·         Willing to learn new skills/knowledge related to the scope/content of the specified projects.

Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This is a consultancy appointment and will initially be for a period of 2-months.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:

-        A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and fee expectations.

-        Detail curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.

All correspondence should be addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Southeast Asia Regional Office via email: and should indicate “Application for Cocoa Sustainability Standards Development Consultant” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 2 September 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected.  Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.